SAN JOSÉ, CA (July 31, 2022) – Twenty-one-year-old American, Elli Mandlik, daughter of two-time tournament champion Hana Mandlikova, upset World No. 21 Jil Teichmann 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the final round of qualifying to advance to her first career WTA main draw at the 2022 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic at San José State University.
Mandlik is one of three Americans to qualify for the main draw, joining Taylor Townsend and Kayla Day. Townsend defeated Emina Bektas 6-3, 6-2, while Day knocked off Grace Min 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.
Preventing a USA sweep of the qualifying tournament was Australian Storm Sanders, who defeated American Caroline Dolehide 6-4, 6-1. Later in the day, Dolehide gained entry into the main draw as a lucky loser following the withdrawal of Garbiñe Muguruza due to an abdominal injury.
Townsend and Sanders will face in opening round of the main draw during Monday’s day session, while Mandlik will face Alison Riske in the second match of Monday’s evening session. Day will face Dolehide on Tuesday.
The qualifiers round out the strongest tournament player field since 2009 with four current top-10 ranked players in the draw including No. 3 Maria Sakkari, No. 4 Paula Badosa, No. 5 Ons Jabeur, and No.6 Aryna Sabalenka.
The impressive group of players also includes 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, 2017 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic champion Madison Keys, and World No. 22 Amanda Anisimova. The tournament has also issued a wildcard to 2019 US Open Champion Bianca Andreescu.
Tickets for the 2022 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, August 1-7 at San José State University are available now at www.MubadalaSVC.com.. Opening round tickets for this historic Bay Area event start at only $29.
The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has a rich history as a groundbreaking event. Co-founded by the legendary sportswoman, visionary, and activist Billie Jean King, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic was the first event of the historic 1971 women's professional tennis tour, a precursor to the WTA.
Created for women by women, the tournament's list of past champions reads like a who's who of tennis legends, including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, and Kim Clijsters.
ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC: Co-founded by Billie Jean King in 1971, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world. Owned and operated by IMG, the Hologic WTA Tour 500-level event is the first women's stop on the US Open Series and features a 28-player singles draw, and 16-team doubles draw.
ABOUT MUBADALA: Mubadala Investment Company is a sovereign investor managing a global portfolio aimed at generating sustainable financial returns for the Government of Abu Dhabi. Mubadala's $284 billion (AED 1045 billion) portfolio spans six continents with interests in multiple sectors and asset classes. We leverage our deep sectoral expertise and long-standing partnerships to drive sustainable growth and profit while supporting the continued diversification and global integration of the economy of the United Arab Emirates. For more information about Mubadala Investment Company, please visit: www.mubadala.com
ABOUT THE US OPEN SERIES: The US Open Series is a true "regular season" of summer tennis in North America, linking nine summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open. The Series features a cohesive weekly schedule and centralizes how tennis is viewed across multiple television and digital platforms in North America. Fans will see today's top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow's emerging stars as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with various outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.
ABOUT IMG: IMG is a global leader in sports, events, fashion, and media. The company manages some of the world's greatest athletes and fashion icons, owns and operates hundreds of live events annually, and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training, and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global sports and entertainment company.
ABOUT SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY: The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges. With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce. The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.